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July 5, 2013

Summer play

NHS soccer joins Emmons League for full regulation games

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“What’s the difference is, in the past we’ve just been playing small-sided,” added Traxler. “Now we are playing in an actual league.”

Coming off a season where the Clippers went to the Division 3 North semifinals on the back of a senior-heavy team, Traxler is looking forward to using the summer league as a building block for his upcoming season.

“I think we definitely have a little confidence after last year,” said Traxler. “(But) we’re losing eight seniors, so obviously building team chemistry is important. We’re missing some key players, likeJordy (Steelman), Allen (Eagan) and Matt (Canning). We’re missing a solid senior from each position.”

MacDougall and Traxler combined as forwards in 2011 to take the Clippers past Winthrop in the first round of the state tournament but lost to Lynnfield in the second round. MacDougall is happy to see his former team going strong.

“It definitely feels great to know that the guys you left behind really took their leadership roles and ran with it,” said MacDougall. “They brought up the younger players and there was a lot of impact from the sophomores and the juniors. It’s great to know the team will have greater successes even after you’re gone.”

Traxler, who will be captaining the Clippers alongside fellow senior John Spears and junior Tom Graham in the fall, said he is looking forward to what the now-upperclassmen will be bringing to the pitch.

“I definitely think the juniors are going to be a solid part of our team this year,” said Traxler.

MacDougall is looking forward to a different view before heading back to college.

“Being able to see the game from the sidelines with a coaching perspective will give me a new outlook on what I’m supposed to be doing,” said MacDougall. “As I will be coaching Adam and Tom, up top, I’ll be able to learn from stuff that they are doing, if they have new, creative moves and I’ll definitely have a better appreciation for what my coach is trying to teach to me and maybe some of that will stick.”

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